Written by Sarah
8 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint
Plastic pollution is taking over our oceans at a pretty alarming rate – over 8 million tonnes end up in our oceans every year. It’s not only affecting our oceans and marine life, but humans too. Whether you’re a fish or a human, ingesting plastic can have life-threatening consequences – a recent Belgian study found that Brits who eat fish could consume up to 11,000 fragments of plastic a year!
It doesn’t have to be this way though, by cutting out single use plastics you could help stop our oceans choking and it’s really not that hard – check out our tips below…
- No more plastic straws – they take up to 200 years to decompose and lets face it you probably don’t even need one. If it’s a must there are some great paper and reusable straws out there!
- Get a reusable coffee cup – around 7 million coffee cups are thrown away each day in the UK alone and for under a tenner you can get yourself one that will keep you going for years. Oh and most coffee shops now offer a discount for people who bring their own cup!
- Give up chewing gum – you really don’t want that inside you, it’s made from plastic and there are alternatives out there like Chewsy.
- Carry a reusable water bottle – it’ll save you money in the long run and it will cut down the number we see washing up on beaches.
- Choose loose veg – swap pre-packaged veg for loose, it will cut down on your plastic use and tends to be a lot cheaper.
- Say no to plastic cutlery – carry some cutlery in your bag or go for a compostable alternative, you could save up to 466 plastic items that end up in landfill alone.
- Carry a shopping bag – this has become more of the norm in England since the plastic bag charge was introduced, but it’s still worth remembering.
- Goodbye glitter – the party doesn’t have to be over there are lots of eco-friendly alternatives out there, but traditional glitter is extremely bad for our oceans and often ends up in our food chains.